Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.
Armed Cossacks mounted on horses make their way along a muddy stream in Serbia during World War 1. They are on a scouting expedition. They pass under a bridge and roadway. Trees in the background. (WWI; WW1)
Beginning of the Morava Offensive, pitting Bulgarian forces against Serbs in World War I. Individual Bulgarian soldiers are seen along with civilians in a town square. Bulgarian troops drive numerous horse-drawn wagons loaded with military supplies. Men, women, children and several dogs are seen in the square. Citizens watch as the military convoys pass. Street scene in town. Numerous individual soldiers walking about. Bullock carts carry goods along the roadway. Two Bulgarian officers drive past in an open automobile.
Bulgarian troops cavort on a heavy cannon on a captured Serbian fortification. At a city gateway, Bulgarian soldiers are seen walking about in field gear with back packs. A man walks beside a bullock cart. Several Bulgarian officers on horseback and two in an automobile, emerge from the city gate. A steel bridge across the Morava River, partially destroyed by retreating Serbian forces. Long lines of troops and equipment cross a substitute wooden bridge erected nearby. Men are seen in a barge in the river, between the two bridges. Some troops appear to be working to repair the steel bridge. Bulgarian troops building another wooden bridge over the river. More troops and supplies seen crossing the river.
Four motor cars arriving at an army tent camp in Serbia, during Second Balkan war in 1913. Prince Alexander I of Serbia with Army officers in a motor car. Prince and officers discuss a map, sitting at a table.
Crown Prince of Serbia welcomes French General Pau at a ship in Serbia. They shake hands. They talk amongst themselves. General Pau meets officials on a railway station in Bucharest. He salutes the officials. People gather at a stadium to welcome him. World War 1 Romanian soldiers with guns walk at the stadium.
From a documentary film entitled "World War I". Events leading to World War I. Soldiers at a parade. In August 1914 the leading nations of Europe prepare to go for a war. Soldiers on the battle field. The scenes after the war show damage to life and material. Smoke all around. A tank on the battle field. Sketches of the U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson explain people to be neutral in the war. A sketch of a soldier carrying an artillery.
Sketches depict World War I, the industries in the United States. Workers work inside the factory. A sketch of Thomas Woodrow Wilson. People hold strike posters. The President addresses a gathering. A cartoon depicts the concern of the President in the domestic reforms. Sketch of the President sitting in a chair and other officials stand near him. Animation of a map shows Serbia. Sketches of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb citizen of Austria-Hungary. Serbia raises a war against Austria and Russia assists. Soldiers on horses prepare for war. Soldiers carry weapons as they run. Germany assists Austria in the war. Soldiers on horses carry weapons. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson seeks to help the world. Sketches of soldiers on horses during a fight and of an injured soldier during the war.